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Rinus VeeKay
Rinus  VeeKay
Ed Carpenter Racing
21 Chevrolet Netherlands Flag Sunoco Rookie
21
Rinus VeeKay
rank
20
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 0
Indy 500 Wins: 0
Total Poles
0
Race Wins
0
Birthday
Sep 11, 2000
Website rinusveekay.com
Hometown
Hoofddorp, Netherlands
Residence
Hoofddorp, Netherlands

ON TRACK

  • Competing in his first full season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Ed Carpenter Racing. 
  • Graduate of Road to Indy in 2019.

OFF TRACK

  • Enjoys thai boxing, beach tennis and running.
  • Lists Max Verstappen and Arie Luyendyk as his racing heroes.
  • He can speak words backwards as fast as forwards in Dutch.

CAREER STATS

YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 6 0 0 1 1 0 4
Total 6 0 0 1 1 0 4
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2019 Indy Lights 18 6 7 16 18 250 18
2018 Indy Pro 2000 16 7 6 15 15 197 15
2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 14 3 1 13 14 39 14

RAF = Running at Finish

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Rinus's Road To Indy

  • 2019
    • Finished second place in the Indy Lights point standings.
    • Recorded seven poles and six wins.
    • Won the F3 Asian Winter Series championship with four victories, two pole positions and eight podium finishes in nine races.
  • 2018
    • Earned the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires title with seven victories, six poles and 10 total podium finishes, setting four new series track records along the way.
    • Finished third in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 Championship held in the Arabian Gulf states and India, with three victories and 11 podiums in 16 races.
    • Competed in two BOSSGP FIA International Racing Series Open Class races, with a second-place finish at Monza.
  • 2017
    • Finished a hard-fought second in his rookie Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship campaign
    • Claimed three victories, three new track records and a total of 12 podium finishes out of 14 races
    • Was only USF2000 driver to not finish a race lower than he qualified
    • Finished runner-up in the BOSSGP FIA International Racing Series Open Class with five podium finishes in six races and a win in the final race at Imola (Italy)
    • Finished third in the MRF Challenge Formula 2000 series, with two victories, seven podium finishes, four pole positions and five fastest laps in 12 races
    • Made his Indy Lights debut in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing in the top five in each session and twice posting the fastest lap.
  • 2016
    • Finished third in the IAME Super X30 Euro Series
    • Finished third in the BNL Karting Series Rotax MAX Senior class and fourth in the European Rotax MAX Euro Challenge Senior championship
    • Participated in the Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • 2015
    • Finished second in the Rotax US Open Senior MAX championship and third in the BNL Karting Series Senior class
    • Finished second in the European Champion Rotax MAX Senior championship
    • Won the MAXSpeed/Mazda Road to Indy Driver Advancement Program, earning a USF2000 test at Circuit of The Americas where he was third overall and the fastest Rookie.
  • 2014
    • Finished third in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy World Championship
    • Named a KNAF Talent First selection
  • 2013
    • Won the Dutch Rotax Max Juniors Karting Championship
  • 2012
    • Won the Dutch Rotax Max Minimax Karting Championship
  • 2011
    • Earned both the Dutch and Benelux World Formula Karting Championship
  • Early Years
    • Earned the Dutch Winter championship in the Cadet class for both 2009 and 2010.
Ed Carpenter Racing

A new team arrived on the grid in 2012, Ed Carpenter Racing, with Ed Carpenter himself at the helm. Success came quickly for the new team as the owner/driver claimed ECR’s first victory in its debut season. Carpenter, an Indianapolis native, solidified his status as a hometown favorite when he won back-to-back pole positions for the 2013 and 2014 Indianapolis 500s.

After driving full-time in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Carpenter shifted his focus exclusively to ovals. He hired Mike Conway to compete in the road and street course events, a move that quickly paid off as ECR won three races in 2014 - Carpenter at Texas Motor Speedway and Conway at Long Beach and Toronto. 

ECR combined with Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing for 2015, forming a two-car effort known as CFH Racing. Josef Newgarden scored two wins, including leading teammate Luca Filippi to the team’s first 1-2 finish. Prior to the 2016 season, Carpenter resumed full ownership and ECR returned to the grid. Newgarden would secure another victory in 2016 before JR Hildebrand moved into the full-time role and recorded two podium finishes in 2017.

After two years as road and street course driver, Spencer Pigot was elevated to the team’s full-time driver for the 2018 season and claimed his first Indy car podium. British rookie Jordan King would take over Carpenter’s No. 20 for the road and street course events. ECR expanded to three cars for the Indianapolis 500 as Danica Patrick closed out her motorsports career. Carpenter would earn his third Indy 500 pole position and lead the most laps of all drivers before a runner-up finish.

Carpenter continued to lead his team in 2019, starting on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 for the fifth time in seven years. ECR Chevrolets qualified 2-3-4 for the “500” with Carpenter, Pigot and Ed Jones. In conjunction with Scuderia Corsa, Jones served as road and street course driver of the No. 20 car while Pigot remained full-time in the No. 21. Carpenter also scored the team’s best finish of the year as he stood on the second step of the podium at WWT Raceway.

Carpenter will continue in his 18th year of Indy car competition as the drives the No. 20 Chevrolet at the five oval events in 2020. Conor Daly will race the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet in the 12 road and street course event and Dutch teenager and rookie Rinus VeeKay will race the full season in the team’s No. 21 Chevrolet. The trio will make up ECR’s three-car lineup for the 2020 Indianapolis 500.

Team Website edcarpenterracing.com